here, I cite from the Wikipedia article on racketeering [see 001., below]; then, I mention the imaginary 'principal cause' of illness that naturopathy claims 'needs their special treatments or you will be harmed' [see 002., below]:
001. according to Wikipedia's "Racket" (2011-06-29):
"a racket is an illegal business [...] engaging in a racket is called racketeering [...] the word racket is used to describe a business [...] engaged in the sale of a solution to a problem that the institution itself creates or perpetuates, with the specific intent to engender continual patronage."
Note: so, commerce / business / patronage occurs after a fake problem is constructed and then remedied by the creators. Sounds familiar, if you know about naturopathyland's operation.
002. naturopathy's fake cause of illness, 'the vital force':
002.a. for years:
I've been collecting naturopathy's claim of a vital force underlying physiology. It truly doesn't exist. It's a fake problem / artifice -- a vital force causing illness that needs to be fixed. In that sense, the heart of so-called natural medicine is artificial. Naturopathy claims regular medicine only treats the symptoms of the vital force's activities [biology!] causing 'suppression' and greater harm to the person, and that only naturopathy fixes that vital-force principal cause by 'getting to the root' [truly a metaphysical belief / figmentation]. So, they say something is wrong with you that isn't, that they can fix it, and this gets them business because, claiming professionalism, science, and rigor, they prey on people's trust [bait and switch with the addition of a threat of harm if a certain route is not taken].
002.b. a specific example, Oregon's Board of Naturopathic Medicine [vsc 2011-06-29]:
"methods of treatments are chosen to work with the patient’s vital force [...aka] the healing power of nature, vis medicatrix naturae [...because supposedly] nature heals through the response of the life force [...naturopaths must] first, do no harm, primum no nocere [...] the process of healing includes the generation of symptoms, which are, in fact, an expression of the life force attempting to heal itself. Therapeutic actions should be complimentary to and synergistic with this healing process [vitalism]. The physician’s actions can support or antagonize the actions of the vis medicatrix naturae. Therefore, methods designed to suppress symptoms without removing underlying causes [fix that vital force!] are considered harmful and are avoided or minimized."
Note: and there you go, licensed falsehood and licensed racketeering along the lines of 'if you ignore our science-ejected vitalistic figmentation underlying physiology and merely use science and evidence medically, you will be harmed'. Of course, you do not get that kind of honesty / transparency from them. The State of Oregon is endorsing a physiological bogey-man and the commerce that occurs to treat it, and the mislabelings of this health sect: the racket of treating a fake cause / artifice erected by naturopathy or you will be harmed, and not giving the consumer proper labeling. The life force / vital force is falsely postured as "in fact" and Oregon.gov goes so far as to state that the figment / bogey-man at the heart of naturopathy is "based on the objective observation of the nature of health and disease, and are continually reexamined in light of scientific analysis." The endorsement still shocks me to this day: how exactly do you objectively observe and scientifically analyze a metaphysical figmentation that science has profoundly ejected? How do they get away with labeling homeopathy "powerful" when in fact it is WITHOUT ANY EFFICACY!!! According to Archive.org, this Oregon.gov OBNM page was crawled and permanently archived 2010-05-28 [vsc 2011-06-29].
it appears, also, that naturopaths get REALLY CLOSE to seriously ill people, as oncologist like ND Birdsall these days, and do their naturopathy thing around these very vulnerable people. That link is immediately related to Oregon.gov because that's where she went to ND school.
here's another one, NMD Helms, who states:
"I use the guiding principles of naturopathic medicine with a comprehensive group of therapies to strengthen whatever vital force you have left to the point where the disease/disorder/condition is relieved, reduced, and then removed [ah, it was my figmentation that made me ill!...] I have done a year long residency in oncology and still see cancer patients that are looking for a complete approach [...] I particularly enjoy working with cancer patients [...] I look at the science of the disease/condition and work with you to develop a treatment plan [...including] energy therapies (homeopathy, acupuncture, hands-on & hands-off healing)."
yes, absurdity marches on.